Eight Men Out

Eight Men Out

The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series

Book - 1987
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The headlines proclaimed the 1919 fix of the World Series and attempted cover-up as "the most gigantic sporting swindle in the history of America!" First published in 1963, Eight Men Out has become a timeless classic. Eliot Asinof has reconstructed the entire scene-by-scene story of the fantastic scandal in which eight Chicago White Sox players arranged with the nation's leading gamblers to throw the Series in Cincinnati. Mr. Asinof vividly describes the tense meetings, the hitches in the conniving, the actual plays in which the Series was thrown, the Grand Jury indictment, and the famous 1921 trial. Moving behind the scenes, he perceptively examines the motives and backgrounds of the players and the conditions that made the improbable fix all too possible. Here, too, is a graphic picture of the American underworld that managed the fix, the deeply shocked newspapermen who uncovered the story, and the war-exhausted nation that turned with relief and pride to the Series, only to be rocked by the scandal. Far more than a superbly told baseball story, this is a compelling slice of American history in the aftermath of World War I and at the cusp of the Roaring Twenties.

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt and Co., 1987, c1963.
Edition: 1st Owl Books ed.
ISBN: 9780805065374
Branch Call Number: 797.1 A832h
Characteristics: xviii, 302 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Gould, Stephen Jay
Alternative Title: 8 men out


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May 21, 2008

Well written account of the Black Sox scandal of the 1919 World Series in which seven players "laid down" and lost the series on purpose for cash. (The eighth player knew about the plan but did not take part). Surprisingly relevant today in light of Major League Baseball's current steroid crisis. Cries for MLB to clean itself up in the early 20's are remarkably similar to the ones you hear today.


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